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Jun 27, 2016

Episode 114- Lewis Wilson  The "P.T.Barnum " of the glass world 

Lewis C. Wilson was born on January 14, 1949 in Roswell, New Mexico. He was part of a military family. Moved to Dallas, Texas in 1954, then lived in Sidi Slamane, Morroco, North Africa from 1956 until 1959, and then moved to Riverside, California. In 1960 he moved to Goose Bay, Labrador, Nova Scotia Province, Canada. While in Goose Bay (age 11) he taught himself how to eat fire, juggle, throw knives and do various magic and circus tricks.
In 1963 his family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. He started learning Shotokan karate in 1964. Received his first degree black belt in 1969 and fought in 10 to 12 tournaments a year from 1964 to 1974.
Lewis joined the United States Air Force on January 19, 1970. He worked in the emergency room the last 3 years of active duty as a physician’s assistant. In the fall of 1970 he founded the Patrick Air Force Base karate club. He was part of the ground medical crew for Apollo XII in 1971 for the second lunar landing.
In 1972 Lewis got an old book on scientific glassblowing from a local library and taught himself how to make small glass figurines by using the Bunsen burners in the medical lab. In October of 1973 he approached the Arribas Brothers who held the concessions for the glass blowing at Walt Disney World. Lewis worked for the Arribas Brothers for 3 months under a transition program from the Air Force.
Lewis left the Air Force on January 20,1974. The next day he went to Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida to try to get a job as a glassblower. He wasn’t able to be their glassblower, but they did have a vacancy for a juggler and fire-eater. For the next 2 years Lewis worked with tattooed belly dancers, a magician, and an organ grinder and his monkey.
In July of 1974 Lewis got married, and they moved to St. Petersburg, Florida. He named his glass business Crystal Myths. In July of 1975 Lewis’ daughter Jennifer was born. In 1977 they moved to Quincy, Massachusetts and did about 30-35 art shows a year. In 1981 Lewis got divorced and moved back to Albuquerque, New Mexico along with his daughter.
In 1987 Governor Gary Carruthers presented King Juan Carlos of Spain with one of Lewis’ limited edition Eagle dancers as a gift of state. The State of New Mexico later used a limited edition Eagle dancer as an inaugural gift to President George Bush and a limited edition Red Tail Hawk dancer as an inaugural gift to President Bill Clinton.
In 1993 Lewis produced his first glassworking video, Glass Bead Making. Crystal Myths has now produced more than 20 titles on glassworking.
In 1996 Crystal Myths promoted their first show, The Best Bead Show, in Tucson, Arizona. This was the same year that Robert Lui, one of the editors of Ornament Magazine, called Lewis the P.T. Barnum of beadmakers.
In 2002 Lewis promoted the world’s largest hot glass competition. It was called the Albuquerque Flame-Off. There were 300 glass workers from the U.S. and Canada and 6 torches running for twelve hours a day for 2 days.
In the 2003 winter issue of Ornament, Robert Lui once again granted Lewis a title, “The Impressario of Beads”.
In 2005 Lewis demonstrated at the Kobe International Lampworking Festival in Kobe, Japan. Lewis taught himself Japanese and only spoke Japanese during the demo.

One of the highlights in Lewis’ career was the dedication of a building named after him at Art Glass Invitational in September of 2005.
Lewis is a founding member of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers, a member of the Glass Art Society.
In 2008 Lewis sold the Best Bead Shows . 2008 was a pivotal point in his life. Reemerging as a talented artist and being able to concentrate fully on lampworking.
In 2008 at the Oakland ISGB convention, Lewis was presented with the Hall of Flame Award.
In 2011 Lewis married glass artist Barbara Svetlick. Together their work made it to the cover of Glass Art Magazine in Jan/Feb 2012.
Together , Lewis and Barb do a few shows a year. Lewis is teaching privately and enjoying life

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ABOUT SEA CUBE

Sea Cube Co was established in 2001 by Christopher Bock.Chris is a glassblower
and has worked his way up through the ranks from
assembly worker to senior glassblower. His main focus has always been
scientific glassware, with a major focus on petrochemical products.
With exposure through the American Scientific Glassblowers Society (ASGS),
Chris has come to appreciate and dabble in artistic glass. Over the years
through formal education and experimentation, Chris has embraced the
artistic side of the craft.
Chris currently works as a glassblower for a small manufacturer as well
as owning and operating Sea Cube Co. He is a long-standing member
of the Delaware Valley Section of ASGS and is currently serving as
Vice Chairman for the Section. He has served as a consultant
to many of the glass companies locally and has been sought out on a
national scale for unique, specialty items as well as intricate, detailed repairs.

Sea Cube Co is happy to talk to you about all your needs, just drop a line!

facebook.com/seacubeco
Boro & Soft Glass Sales

Jun 25, 2016

Episode 19- Judeh Judeah-  Co-owner of Dragon Headz SmokeShop

In this episode Judeh and I discuss the spects iif being a professional artist. Judeh gives his perspecttive as a shop owner on what he looks for in an artist from the moment you walk in his store to the point of sale.

 

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Jun 20, 2016

Episode 112- Best Of Featuring lampworker of 47 years Kemp Curtis. In this remastered version of what was originally Episode 18. To truly give Kemp his true value to our community, I felt this needed to be re-released in a better sound and edit. 

 

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SeaCube Co

Sea Cube Co was established in 2001 by Christopher Bock. Chris is a glassblower and has worked his way up through the ranks from assembly worker to senior glassblower. His main focus has always been scientific glassware, with a major focus on petrochemical products. With exposure through the American Scientific Glassblowers Society (ASGS), Chris has come to appreciate and dabble in artistic glass. Over the years through formal education and experimentation, Chris has embraced the artistic side of the craft.

Chris currently works as a glassblower for a small manufacturer as well as owning and operating Sea Cube Co. He is a long-standing member of the Delaware Valley Section of ASGS and is currently serving as Vice Chairman for the Section. He has served as a consultant to many of the glass companies locally and has been sought out on a national scale for unique, specialty items as well as intricate, detailed repairs.

Sea Cube Co is happy to talk to you about all your needs, just drop a line!
facebook.com/seacubeco
 
 
 
 
 
Jun 17, 2016
Episode 111-Talking Trade Shows with "Boxfan" Will Menzies
 
 
Today we discuss the ins and outs of what it truly takes to sell your work at a trade show. We dive in and discuss Glassroots-Madison over the other Tradeshows. What separates Glassroots..
 
Heres a person of interest you should pay attention when deciding to design your displays when attending a tradeshow.... Bruce Baker
http://handmade-business.com/bruce-bakers-show-tips-for-2011/
 
http://www.yourcraftbusiness.com/Your-Craft-Business/Display-Your-Craft-To-Sell.htm
 
Here's a few topical questions we discuss..
 
What are the average costs?
 
What seperated Glass Roots from other Trade shows?
 
Panel and seminar talks?
 
What type of items sell better then others? 
 
Samples vs actual product to sell. How much of each. ?
 
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Jun 10, 2016
This is the first in a series of 5 episodes covering the different areas of selling and pricing your work.  The goal with this series is to discuss and help you find ways to sell your art, create consistent revenue, and build relationships with the outlets you sell your art through. Whether distributor or retailer.  

 

Today we are diving head first into selling to a distributor. 

 
 I personally sell my work through 2-distributors and several retailers directly. The benefits of both allow for a consistent income without putting all your eggs in one basket. On one hand you have a catalog that has a broader reach of distribution allowing more exposure for your line of work.
 
     Most distributors take a 15-25% fee off the top of the wholesale. If you sell an item for $10.00 wholesale the distributor will then pay you $7.75 per item. If you calculate your time and gas that it takes to drive around and hope to sell orders it is way more beneficial to work with a distributor.  When you first start out I recommend starting off selling to a select few shops and have then help you find the right pricing based on their customers feedback. In the long run you can then fine tune your line and become more consistent which you can then approach the catalog companies. 
 
When you begin building relationships with distributors it is important to know that you will need to mail off FREE samples giving them a physical sample of your work. This allows them to settle on pricing and then if they accept the item they have it for photographing it for their catalog.  
 
If you decide to go this route there are a few details to take into consideration.
 
1. distribution companies tend to buy in bulk which means you will need to be able to keep up with orders if your lines sell well.
2. purchase materials in bulk which will save you a ton in overhead. if you order 6 or more cases then frieght will be an option to ship saving you tons of cash in the long run. Wait till companies like mountain glass have a monthly sale on clear or a color company. 
 
whether you buy your material in bulk or single cases always estimate your cost to manufacture based on regular pricing, not the sale price as well as always include shipping in the cost of the case. if you buy a case of 1" hvy wall and it costs 130.00 before shipping then the actual cost will be around 165.00-  then devide that cost by the number of tubes in the case. 
 
 
Below is a basic calculation you can use when figuring out cost of manufacturing your items.  
 
 
How to calculate cost of production   
In this example I'm using reference from internet which has material price based on length .....
 This is a generic example
example 3"-wrap and rake hand pipe 
Material breakdown
2" section of simax 25.4 hvy wall ($8.00/60"
$0.13per inch or $0.26(2"section) 
1/2" section of color cobalt firsts ($5.25/18"
$0.15 
9" section 4mm clear for raking ($0.52/60")
$0.09 
Estimated total for cost of Goods
3"wrap and take spoon ($0.26+$0.15+$0.09)=$0.50
 
Propane/oxygen/power is pennies on the dollar if you're able to get liquid oxygen. If you are renting space you still need to calculate your estimated per hour rate. If you pay $1500.00/mo(power,rent,gas) break it down to per day then estimate how many hours you work in a day and use that number as a base calculation.
$1500.00/month (30-day month) is approx $50.00/day (per hour in a 10-hr day
$5.00/hr (gases,power,rent)
 
If you can make 10-$5.00 3" wrap spoons per hour your estimated cost per hour is $10.00/hr  
(power,rent,gas) $5.00+(material x's 10-hr) $5.00= $10.00/hr. to manufacture 10-$5.00 spoons 
 
Net-$50.00(10-$5.00 3" w/r)-$10.00(cost to manufacture)=
Gross approx $40.00/hr.  
 
In a 8 hr day do the math 
You can see just by getting a good base line down for estimating your cost to manufacture
you have the ability to make anywhere from
$30-60.00/hr gross profit
 
Gross= income 
Net =income-cost to manufacture =profit
 
Now take 15% of your gross and put that aside for TAXES !!!!
 
 If anyone has questions feel free to contact me info@wyzguyradio.com
 
GO TO WWW.WYZGUYMEDIA/RESOURCES FOR A DOWNLOADABLE FILE TO FIND OUT WHAT YOUR BASELINE COST TO MANUFACTURE YOUR PRODUCTS ACTUALLY IS.
 
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Jun 6, 2016

It's officially been 1yr since he launch of his podcast.  I can't thank you enough for the love and support for myself and the show. Thank you to all the guests, anyone who's contacted me via email, all the subscribers of the show as well as the newsletter. You all are beautiful and I Love You!!!  

 

Please se share he show with your friends and family and if you haven't yet subscribed go to ITunes, subscribe, leave a rating, and stay up to date with the show. 😘😘❤️🙏🏻

Comment

 

SPONSORS

 

www.mountainglass.com 

www.theflowmagazine.com

 

www.trillglass.com  (the best way to find and purchase from American Helix) 

  

 

ABOUT SEA CUBE

Sea Cube Co was established in 2001 by Christopher Bock.Chris is a glassblower
and has worked his way up through the ranks from 
assembly worker to senior glassblower. His main focus has always been 
scientific glassware, with a major focus on petrochemical products.
With exposure through the American Scientific Glassblowers Society (ASGS), 
Chris has come to appreciate and dabble in artistic glass. Over the years 
through formal education and experimentation, Chris has embraced the 
artistic side of the craft.
    Chris currently works as a glassblower for a small manufacturer as well 
as owning and operating Sea Cube Co. He is a long-standing member 
of the Delaware Valley Section of ASGS and is currently serving as 
Vice Chairman for the Section. He has served as a consultant 
to many of the glass companies locally and has been sought out on a 
national scale for unique, specialty items as well as intricate, detailed repairs.

Sea Cube Co is happy to talk to you about all your needs, just drop a line!

facebook.com/seacubeco
Boro & Soft Glass Sales

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